Yahaya Abdulai, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of AY Farms. I had my secondary education from Ghana Secondary School, Tamale, and my post-secondary education from Tamale Training College (TATCO) where I was trained as a professional. From TATCO, I proceeded to University for Development Studies (UDS) to pursue a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Agriculture Technology, I went on to do Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Agricultural Economics from the same university. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Economics from UDS.
AY Farms currently engages in the rearing of poultry birds (layers and broilers), and we however intend to expand to cover other aspects of the poultry industry. With an initial stock of 200 birds when we started in 2014, the farm has grown modestly over the last five years to a current stock of 2000 birds and a stock capacity of 4500 birds. AY farms is located at Jisonayili and Gumo in the Tamale Metropolis and Kumbungu District respectively, in the Northern of Ghana. The main objective of the farm is to engage in the production of broiler and eggs using best practices in a manner that will result in good return on investment and sustained income and employment to the people within and around the business establishment and also contribute to the provision of quality poultry products for the purposes of good nutrition for the people of Tamale and Ghana as a whole. To deal with the issue of the droppings from the birds which was a nuisance to neighbors and a hazard to the environment, AY Farms started cultivating maize which is a major component in the feed of poultry. We use the manure from the droppings of the birds to fertilize our maize farm and this maize when harvested is used to feed the birds again. The use of the manure for this purpose also help mitigate the emission of greenhouse and potent greenhouse gases such as methane, Nitrogen and Ammonia when the droppings are stored for a long time. In the long term, AY farms intend to work with other poultry farmers in our catchment area to reduce the improper disposal of waste generated by chickens which is a major headache for most farmers. This will do by collecting the droppings from these other farms and using it to expand the cultivation of maize.